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In 1973, the USC/Norris Cancer Center was recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as one of the first eight comprehensive cancer centers in the country. Today, there are 40 such cancer centers in the nation. What makes The Norris Comprehensive Center different from other medical institutions treating cancer? The answer can be found in the multidisciplinary team approach to cancer research, patient care, prevention and community outreach.

At USC/Norris, patients benefit from research teams working hand in hand with physicians and other medical staff who prescribe clinical trials and individualized patient care. The laboratory-to-bedside structure, which is also called translational research, means that USC/Norris patients can receive breakthrough treatment not yet available at other medical centers.

USC/Norris provides comprehensive care for patients in the hospital, outpatient clinics and day hospital. Norris is dedicated to fighting the battle against cancer with the patients, their families and friends. Norris physicians all hold faculty positions in the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and treat all cancers.

Special Names in Our History

Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. - A major private donor and project manager for construction of the building that bears his name. Norris also served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital and was a Trustee. Until his death in September 1996, he followed in the Norris family's long tradition of philanthropy at USC. In helping make this building possible, he and the Norris Foundation have combined their faith in this university with their sense of dedication to finding a cure for cancer. Through their gifts, they seek to make cancer a disease of the past.

Norman Topping, M.D. - President of the University of Southern California from 1958-1970. He was instrumental in the development of the National Institutes of Health of which the National Cancer Institute is a part. Dr. Topping also served on the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital Board of Directors. The Dr. Norman Topping Tower is named for him in tribute to his esteemed career and the many important contributions he made to medical research.


The USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital offers the most advanced cancer treatment available in an intimate setting devoted entirely to cancer treatment and research. Patient care is provided by USC/Norris Cancer Center and Hospital and its affiliated institutions. Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and the newest approaches to cancer management, such as immunotherapy and gene therapy.

The USC/Norris Cancer Center also includes the LAC+USC Medical Center and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Patient Services

USC/Norris has a 60-bed inpatient hospital providing acute and critical care, a designated bone marrow transplantation unit, and a surgical unit with specially trained staff who understand the unique needs of cancer patients. Outpatients seeking diagnostic testing, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and second opinions are treated on-site at the Parsons Outpatient Clinic and Day Hospital.

USC/Norris also has a radiation oncology department equipped with powerful linear accelerators for the delivery of the most advanced radiation therapy. The department also houses a hyperthermia unit, a modality often used in combination with radiation therapy to treat both superficial and deep-seated tumors. Other advanced technologies offered by radiation oncology include high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy, which allows physicians to treat tumors in sensitive or deep areas unreachable by standard radiation techniques; three dimensional computer modeling of tumors for treatment planning; and unique treatments for choroid melanomas.

Basic Cancer Research

USC/Norris has a strong translational research program directed toward a complete understanding of the basic aspects of cancer, and translating those research results to clinical treatment. USC/Norris scientists are leaders in basic research on the origins and prevention of cancers and the development of novel therapies for many different cancers.

USC/Norris offers a variety of cancer education programs, including multidisciplinary oncology grand rounds, tumor boards and research conferences to acquaint faculty, staff, students and visiting physicians with advances in oncology research and treatment. Continuing education conferences and cancer education programs for physicians and other professionals in community hospitals are also offered.

Cancer Surveillance Program

USC/Norris physicians, epidemiologists, statisticians and other USC health professionals participate in the Keck School of Medicine's of USC's Cancer Surveillance Program, which compiles information on all new cancer cases — more than 30,000 a year — reported in Los Angeles County. By studying these cases and looking for differences between cancer patients and the general population, USC/Norris experts are discovering factors that lead to increased risk of developing certain cancers as well as methods of prevention.

USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is accessible from many freeways connecting the surrounding suburban areas to Los Angeles (see map above). You may also call 323-865-3000 for directions.

Directions to the USC/Norris Cancer Center

Directions: USC/Norris is easily accessible from major freeways

From I-5 going South - Take the Mission exit, turn left onto Mission and proceed to Zonal. Make a right turn onto Zonal and proceed 2 blocks to Biggy. Turn left onto Biggy.

From I-10 going West - Take the Soto exit. Cross Soto to Charlotte. Continue straight on Charlotte for one block. From Charlotte turn right on Cornwell. Follow Cornwell past Francisco Bravo High School where it becomes Zonal. Proceed 2 blocks on Zonal to Biggy and turn right.

From I-5 going North - Take I-10 East. From I-10, take the Soto Street exit. Turn left onto Soto. Go two blocks and turn left onto Charlotte. From Charlotte turn right on Cornwell. Follow Cornwell past Francisco Bravo High School where it becomes Zonal. Proceed 2 blocks on Zonal to Biggy and turn right.

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